Boston Bruins have a great opportunity with tons of upcoming home games

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Brad Marchand
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 19: Brad Marchand /

The Boston Bruins will play 8 of their next 10 games at home in the TD Garden, and they need to take advantage of this opportunity.

With 28 points the Boston Bruins sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference, but they have the ability to move up the standings with a ton of home games in December.

8 of Boston’s next 10 games will be played at home inside the TD Garden. Those will start on Thursday night as the Phoenix Coyotes come to town.

Things will get tricky for the Bruins as they have back-to-back game days three times over the rest of the month. Twice, those games will come against a strong Washington Capitals team and once will be on the road in Buffalo. Boston will have to take advantage of all of their home games if they want to head into 2018 on the right foot.

7th v. Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes are not a very good hockey team. They have just 19 points and 7 wins on the year, compared to Boston’s 12. They are the second worst in the NHL with a -31 goal differential. The Coyotes are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights, and they are just 1-2-2 over their last 5 games. The Coyotes are going nowhere fast, and the Bruins should easily earn a win in this one.

9th v. Islanders

The Islanders have a playoff spot that the Bruins badly want. The B’s need to take advantage of the home-ice advantage to steal a win from a superior team.

13th at Red Wings

14th v. Capitals

This is going to be a test. Back-to-back games are tough, but Boston needs to battle. They get to return home after one game away in Detroit so they have that advantage, but Alex Ovechkin is going to make things difficult. He’s first in the league with 21 goals and is 12th with 32 points.

16th v. Rangers

18th v. Blue Jackets

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19th at Sabres

Another back-to-back, and this time Boston has to hit the road for the second game. Luckily for Boston, it comes against the Buffalo Sabres, the owners of a league-worst -36 goal differential this season.

21st v. Jets

23rd v. Red Wings

27th v. Senators

28th at Capitals

30th at Senators

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The Boston Bruins are also close to becoming fully healthy, as Jake DeBrusk will return on Thursday night. It looks like he’ll be on a line alongside David Krejci and Anders Bjork for the game against the Coyotes. Boston also hopes that Adam McQuaid will return at some point next week too. The Coyotes have not beaten the Bruins since the opening game if the 2010 season, and that is not going to change this Thursday. The B’s and Yotes will drop the puck in TD Garden at 7 PM.